The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Thursday, a couple of my friends decided that their children needed to have a lesson on bees and beekeeping from The Chief, as well as a nature drawing session with Habou. (They decided this before, but they came on Thursday.)
It was a glorious and slightly cool day, which meant the bees were so very calm! Such a win! We all got up close and enjoyed the spectacle of feeding the ones in the regular (Langstroth) hives, and examining the thriving top bar hive.
It would have been fairly possible to do all this without a bee suit, the bees were so calm — except that Phil is careful because he found out that he’s fairly highly allergic to bee stings! Yikes. In fact, he’s gotten stung and nothing bad has happened (since getting a series of shots), but might as well play it safe, right??
On to our links!
- I was MIA last week — sorry! — because Phil and I were traveling in Michigan, visiting Hillsdale College and environs. We each gave talks there, and the lovely Sarah Schute interviewed us for a campus radio program. You can give a listen here (it’s not too long!). I hope to be able to post my talks soon!
- Because I love the Anglican Ordinariate, I had to share this article on how it may fulfill the necessity for the “reform of the reform.”
- An excellent review of John Senior and the Restoration of Realism from Russell Hittenger. Senior on the issue of teaching “Great Books” and the intellectual tradition in college: “I realized… that the scholastic philosophical system, so effective in refuting the rational skepticism of my generation, had had no impact on students whose minds were disconnected from tangible and emotional realities.” As I am fond of saying here, things must develop according to their natures. Senior is one of the very few educators to recognize and remedy the defect in education that ignores this fundamental principle.
- A sweet essay on friendship: On Making Friends. A snippet: “The soul preaches humility to itself when it realizes, startled, that it has won a new friend. Knowing what a posset of contradictions we all are, it feels a symptom of shame at the thought that our friend knows all our frailties and yet thinks us worth affection.”
- Puns generally emanate from our older (male) population; you could say they are a groan-up form of humor…*
- At the end of the summer, Bridget had the amazing blessing of participating in the Thomas More College Oxford Program. One of the lectures was from Michael Ward, who readers know is a great favorite with us for bringing to light the organizing principle behind the Narnia stories as well as other writings of C. S. Lewis. His books Planet Narnia and The Narnia Code lucidly explain his theories, and his lectures are edifying as well, as Bridget reports! Here is a video series (all the videos are linked on this page) of interviews with Professor Ward — maybe your people will enjoy! (But — don’t inflict the theories on very young people; instead, teach them slowly how the ancients viewed the cosmos. Teach them all the richness of the arts of the pre-modern periods. Then let them winkle it all out for themselves! Eventually you can let them read Ward.)
- A plea for chivalry to protect our maidens from dragon-culture, from Joseph Pearce.
- The Dies Irae chant in musical history. I bet you didn’t know…
- In case you missed it, here is the link to my interview with Marcus Grodi about my conversion. I know, I know, I sound way different from what you thought I’d sound like — I sound way different to myself! I was tickled by the still they captured here, with my hands up around my head, a gesture I think I actually make a lot:
Deirdre said, “the frame is delightfully reminiscent of my favorite moment from the movie “Clue.” I’m loving imagining that Mom is on an EWTN show just venting rage about her archnemesis.” “Flames, flames on the side of my face… “
- Speaking of Deirdre, here’s what she will be doing in about 60 years: an obsessed decorating grandma up on a scaffolding somewhere!
*I’m pretty proud of this pun!!
From the archives:
- Our favorite audiobooks!
- You need books.
- Me trying to tell you how to arrange furniture for family culture.
Today is the feast of St. Callistus I, Martyr.
While you’re sharing our links with your friends, why not tell them about Like Mother, Like Daughter too!
We’d like to be clear that, when we direct you to a site via one of our links, we’re not necessarily endorsing the whole site, but rather just referring you to the individual post in question (unless we state otherwise).